Tabla Class Online Dholak Dholak : The dholak is mainly a folk music instrument, lacking the exact tuning and playing techniques of the tabla or the pakhawaj. It is widely used in qawwali , kirtan and Bhangra. It is associated with the Hindu deity Shiva. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the damaru is part of a collection of sacred implements and musical instrument was adopted from the tantric practices of ancient India.

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Tabla Class Online Dholak Dholak : The dholak is mainly a folk music instrument, lacking the exact tuning and playing techniques of the tabla or the pakhawaj. It is widely used in qawwali , kirtan and Bhangra. It is associated with the Hindu deity Shiva.

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the damaru is part of a collection of sacred implements and musical instrument was adopted from the tantric practices of ancient India. These reached the Land of Snows from the 8th to 12th century, persisting in Tibet as the practice of Vajrayana flourished there, even as it vanished in the subcontinent of India. Mizhavu Mizhavu : A mizhav or mizhavu is a big copper drum played as an accompanying percussion instrument in the Koodiyattam and Koothu, performing arts of Kerala.

It is played by the Ambalavasi Nambiar community. Mridangam Mridangam : It is the primary rhythmic accompaniment in a Carnatic music ensemble. During a percussion ensemble, the mridangam is often accompanied by the ghatam, kanjira, and the morsing.

Mridangam Lessons Online Ghungroo Ghungroo : A Ghungroo, also known as Ghunghroo or Ghungur Bengali or Salangai Tamil is one of many small metallic bells strung together to form Ghungroos, a musical anklet tied to the feet of classical Indian dancers.

Ghungroos or Salangais are worn in traditional performances of the classical Indian dance forms: Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, and Odissi etc.

Ghatam Ghatam : the ghatam Sanskrit: ghatam "pot", Tamil: katam, Kannada: ghata, Telugu: ghatat is a percussion instrument used in the Carnatic music of South India. Its analogue in Rajasthan is known as the madga and pani mataqa "water jug". The ghatam usually accompanies a mridangam. Khartal Khartal : is found three kind of in society. Kartals blocks. It consists of a pair of wooden blocks with jingles or crotales kartals mean crotales.

One pair is used in one hand of the musician. These pieces can be clapped together at high speeds to make fast complex beats. Kartals small sheets. It consists of a pair of thin, hard wooden pieces similar to the percussion bones instrument.

These are used in Rajasthan. Kartals cymbals. The karatalas are small cymbals, also known as manjeera. These are used in devotional chants. Manjeera Manjeera : is a traditional musical instrument in India. It is used in various religious ceremonies of India, especially with bhajans in temples.

Manjira are usually made of bronze, brass, copper zinc or Bell metal and connected with a copper cord which passes through holes in their center. Jal tarang Jal tarang : It consists of a set of ceramic or metal bowls tuned with water. The bowls are played by striking the edge with beaters, one in each hand.

In other words jal tarang means "waves in water" but indicates motion of sound created or modified with the aid of water. It is played by running moistened or chalked fingers around the rim of the glasses.

Each glass is tuned to a different pitch, either by grinding each goblet to the specified pitch, in which case the tuning is permanent, or by filling the glass with water until the desired pitch is achieved.

The glass harp was created in by Irishman Richard Pockrich, who is known as the first virtuoso of the musical glasses. Loh tarang Loh tarang : It consists of a set of iron circular plates, of different sizes, held in a frame.

Each plate is pitched to a musical note and they are struck with sticks on each hand. Plates sound depends on the different size of plate and hand movement. Theory is based like Jal-Tarang. Sound is produced by air being blown through sets of free reeds, resulting in a sound similar to that of an accordion. The air is usually supplied by bellows operated by the foot, hand, or knees. In North America, the most common pedal-pumped free-reed keyboard instrument is known as the "American reed organ", or "parlor organ", "pump organ", "cabinet organ", "cottage organ", etc.

A reed organ with a pressure bellows that pushes the air through the reeds is referred to as a "harmonium". In India, generally refers to a hand-pumped instrument. Harmonium Lessons Online Synthesizer Synthesizer or Keyboard : A sound synthesizer often abbreviated as "synthesizer" or "synth" is an electronic instrument capable of producing a wide range of sounds. Synthesizers use a number of different technologies or programmed algorithms to generate signal, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

Among the most popular waveform synthesis techniques are subtractive synthesis, additive synthesis, wavetable synthesis, frequency modulation synthesis, phase distortion synthesis, physical modeling synthesis and sample-based synthesis. Popular Musical instruments Guitar Guitar is a plucked string instrument played with fingers or a pick. The guitar consists of a body with a rigid neck, to which the strings, generally six in number, are attached.

Guitars are traditionally constructed of various woods and strung with animal gut or, more recently, with either nylon or steel strings. There are two primary families of guitars: acoustic and electric. Acoustic guitars and similar instruments with hollow bodies have been in use for over a thousand years. There are three main types of modern acoustic guitar: the classical guitar, the steel-string acoustic guitar, and the archtop guitar.

The classical guitar is often played as a solo instrument using a comprehensive finger picking technique. Electric guitars rely on an amplifier that can electronically manipulate tone. Electric guitars have had a continuing profound influence on popular culture.

Guitars are recognized as a primary instrument in genres such as blues, bluegrass, country, flamenco, jazz, jota, mariachi, metal, reggae, rock, soul, and many forms of pop. Guitar Lessons Online Violin violin is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest, highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which also includes the viola, cello, and double bass.

The violin is sometimes informally called a fiddle, regardless of the type of music played on it, The parts of a violin are usually made from different types of wood and it is usually strung with gut, nylon or other synthetic, or steel strings. The violinist produces sound by drawing a bow across one or more strings which may be stopped by the fingers of the other hand to produce a full range of pitches , by plucking the strings with either hand , or by a variety of other techniques.

The violin is played by musicians in a wide variety of musical genres, including Baroque music, classical, jazz, folk music, rock and roll, and Soft rock.

The violin has come to be played in many non-Western music cultures all over the world. Congas are now very common in Latin music, including salsa music, merengue music, and Reggae, as well as many other forms of American popular music. Most modern congas have a staved wooden or fiberglass shell, and a screw-tensioned drumhead. They are usually played in sets of two to four with the fingers and palms of the hand. Conga drums are tunable to different notes, have many kind of rhythms and have five basic strokes - Open tone, Bass tone, Slap tone, Touch tone and Muffled or Mute tone.

Bongos are an Afro-Cuban percussion instrument producing relatively high-pitched sounds compared to conga drums. The drums are of different size: the larger drum is called in Spanish the hembra female and the smaller the macho male. They are membranophones, or instruments that create sound by a vibration against a stretched membrane.

Conga Class Online Keyboard A musical keyboard is the set of adjacent depressible levers or keys on a musical instrument, particularly the piano. Keyboards typically contain keys for playing the twelve notes of the Western musical scale, with a combination of larger, longer keys and smaller, shorter keys that repeats at the interval of an octave.

Depressing a key on the keyboard causes the instrument to produce sounds, either by mechanically striking a string or tine piano, electric piano, clavichord ; plucking a string harpsichord ; causing air to flow through a pipe organ ; or strike a bell carillon. On electric and electronic keyboards, depressing a key connects a circuit Hammond organ, digital piano and synthesizer.

Since the most commonly encountered keyboard instrument is the piano, the keyboard layout is often referred to as the "piano keyboard". Keyboard Class Online Drum Drum is a member of the percussion group of musical instruments, which is technically classified as the membranophones. All types of drums such as timpani for example are always tuned to a certain pitch. Drums are usually played by the hand, or by one or two sticks. In many traditional cultures drums have a symbolic function and are often used in religious ceremonies.

Drums are often used in music therapy, especially the hand drums. There are many different types of drums played all over the world. Each type of drum head serves its own musical purpose and has its own unique sound. Drum Lessons Online Piano The piano is a keyboard musical instrument and is widely used in classical and jazz music for solo performances, ensemble use, chamber music and accompaniment; the piano is also very popular as an aid to composing and rehearsal.

Modern pianos have two basic configurations with subcategories : the grand piano and the upright piano. The piano is a crucial instrument in Western classical music, jazz and most other complex western musical genres. A large number of composers are proficient pianists because the piano keyboard offers an easy means of complex melodic and harmonic interplay. A raga may be described as a combination of Swaras or notes that conform to specific rules and expression of melodies, the ragas were identified from melodies that conveyed different moods and gave different vibrations to different energy centers.

Ragas are a series of between 5 to 12 musical notes, in theory divided into three categories Audav, Shadav and Sampurna Jati.

Carnatic raga elaborations are generally much faster in tempo and shorter than their equivalents in Hindustani music. Yaman Yaman - This rag is known by Kalyan or Yaman. In this rag all swaras are suddh except Ma. Sa and Pa are weak in the Aroha as instance - ni re ga tivra ma, dha ni. If in this raga using both Ma tivra and ma suddh, then it called Yaman Kalyan and its totally different raga. Same raga called Mohan in carnatic music. In the India shikh tradition Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy Granth book there are a total of 31 raga compositions and this raga appearing as twenty-fourth number of raga in the series.

The composition of this raga appears on a total of 43 pages from page numbers to In Aaroh re and dha is abandoned, Jati Audav - sampuran, vadi - gandhar and samvadi - Nishad, time of singing - first part of the night. Sometimes in Avroh Tivra ma is used in this raga. Khamaj Khamaj - This raga is more appropriate to the semi-classical and lighter styles. She is the wife of Shiva, and is associated with great power.


Keyboard and carnatic raagas - relation and play technique

Keyboards, Synthesizers and Carnatic Music Traditionally, keyboard intruments have not been suited to Carnatic music. This latter group of instruments were perfect for music which involved no subtle variations on the notes and there are only a maximum of twelve notes in an octave ie. Futhermore, the notes on most modern keyboards are tuned to the system of equal temperament, whereby the octave or sthAyi is divided into twelve equal intervals or semi-tones not to the system of pure temperament or just intonation where the notes take the true frequencies according to geometrical laws like the cycle of fifths. Carnatic music, with an estimated 22 sruthis or notes in an octave, uses the pure temperament as its base, and adds extra values where required by the particular rAga eg. All this does not leave the humble keyboard in a happy state as not only are the notes straight and cannot be warped to glide on to the next note or to shake, but the whole system of tuning of a keyboard is not suited to Carnatic music.


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